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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

©2011 William Peter Blatty (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Charlotte 05-27-13
    Charlotte 05-27-13
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    "All Others Fail in Comparison"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Author is reading the story and his voice is the best!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the story, you will love this in audio. Then you will have the same problem as I, can't find another to satisfy as well as this one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    whiterabbit 06-28-12
    whiterabbit 06-28-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing story... and superb narration by author"
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    Absolutely the most shocking, terrifying and wonderfully written horror story I have ever read, superbly narrated by the author. He renders all the different characters to perfection. Not all authors make good narrators, but William Blatty is wonderful! Thank you for this anniversary edition. Definitely an absolute must have for any horror fan. And yes it is absolutely for adults only!

    This book does not pull any punches and the sense of demoniacal possession is absolutely realistic and chilling throughout. This book actually gave me goosebumps! I look forward to listening to it a second time, once I recover from the first reading. I think the book has a lot more depth than the movie version, though the movie was amazing also. I would put this book right up there with Stephen King's "The Shining", and Tolstoy's "War and Peace", a couple of my more memorable audiobooks, as well as Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". For sheer demonic violence, however, "The Exorcist" stands alone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12
    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
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    After listening to Farheit 451 narrated by the author, I tried to stay away from books read by the author but no one could have done a better job than Blatty. He was perfect. The story will always remain one of the scariest there is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12
    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW! Just as good as it was 20 yrs. ago"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    BEST OF THRILLERS, It scared me as much as the older book and the movie. DON'T MISS


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The exorcism


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices bring out the evil in tone that you cannot get in a reading book.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Exorcist and why?

    The little girl and what evil can do


    Any additional comments?

    You'll never regret getting this book to re-visit evil!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15
    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15 Member Since 2017

    "If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.

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    "Mother of God!!!"

    What you need before listening to this book:

    - A bible
    - Holy Water
    - Adult diapers

    That demonic voice will haunt you for weeks.

    If you think the movie was good, wait until you hear William Peter Blatty narrate this book.

    Great book + Stellar narration = Outstanding production.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12
    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I think Stephan King is a genius

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    "Perfect for Halloween season!"
    What did you love best about The Exorcist?

    It scared me!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The voices of the demon!


    What about William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s performance did you like?

    The way the sound was quiet and then boomed loud like a monster popping out of your closet!


    If you could rename The Exorcist, what would you call it?

    The possessed.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-01-12
    Robert 10-01-12
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    "Wow!"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, Classic, Classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Karras, his insight and attention to detail make him a fantastic narrator, while his weaknesses make him a perfect hero.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was hard not to, but sleep is inevitable.


    Any additional comments?

    William Peter Blatty's voice was made for this book!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrific Ride!"

    I saw the movie on television as a kid in the 80's. They cut out a LOT of the story for TV evidently.

    The book is vivid and fast paced. Fun and foreboding. One that you cannot put down. I was most struck by the genius character development of the few players involved in the story. I wanted to know what drove them, what would become of them, and how they all connected by the end. I was expecting pop-horror, and got a well written character driven tale of people in a horrible situation instead. What a wonderful surprise!

    I was dubious of the narration at first. I found it a tad indulgent and overdone, but as the story progressed, it grew on me and by the end I appreciated what the author brought to the track. Listen and ENJOY!

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    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11
    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Familiar Story, Excellent Narration"

    Often I cringe at the idea of an author narrating his own work, but Mr. Blatty reads his book very well and he has a rich voice that seems to have been made for narration. I read the book when I was a kid and mostly remember the story from the film, so I cant speak to what was "revised and expanded" although I think I recall an interview with Blatty where he said that for the film he added a lot of the more shocking language at the request of the Director, so maybe thats it, as Regan is quite potty-mouthed here.

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    Luis Martinez 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "most entertaining book I've ever read"

    I really have no time to read. I usually listen to books here.
    The performance of the author reading this book to you is amazing. Incredible. The passion he has to deliver the story exactly how he wants you to hear it is great. The change of voice for his characters, and the added voice actors for regs. It is a completely different experience to reading.
    The whole plot of the book is intriguining. I hate most horror movies for only wanting to scare you and that's their ultimate goal. This story incorporates human feeling. Philosophy. Inner problems we all face. The book has thought. Human thought and meaning.

    It might be filled with obscenities, imagery going against the Christian religion. But it is not Satan worship. It is about a priest finding his faith once again.
    **Not for children!!**

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